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Susie Chan

Susie Chan

7:44 PM on Monday, July 10, 2017   •   Edited

Crewing Badwater 135

Today sees the start of Badwater Ultramarathon.
Situated in Death Valley, California in one of the hottest places on Earth, this 135 mile non-stop race is a combination of long distance, huge elevation gain and extreme heat.

With the starting point at 280ft below sea level in the Badwater Basin, it ends at an elevation of 8360ft and a total gain of 14,600ft.

The race began in the 1970's as a relay race. After establishing itself - along came Al Arnold who wanted to run the whole route in one go.
His first two attempts where not successful, but in 1977 at 49yrs old, Al finished the entire course and laid the foundation for Badwater Ultramarathon.
In 1981 J Birmingham became the second runner to compete race.
The race is now 40 years old and just as difficult as that first attempt.

I'm here to crew for my old Marathon des Sables friend, Krasse Gueorguiev.
To take part each runner needs a crew of at least 2 people, and a car which will support the runner along the route. We will set up mobile checkpoints offering food, water and ice. We will also rotate pacing duties. As the cut off time is 48 hours it's going to be a long night (or two!)

The total number of finishers for this race is 1782 people, we will see you on the other side....

Arrived in Death Valley

Krasse with his race number

The class of 2017... 95 runners will take on the course this year.

The crew!